Lost it? after her child was murdered: Court
BERNADINE Wilkinson "lost it'' in her life and on the road after her child was murdered.
Yesterday the 35-year-old Rockhampton woman pleaded guilty to 22 charges, including nine of unlicensed or disqualified driving.
Sentencing her to a wholly suspended jail term of three months, Magistrate Bronwyn Springer took into account the effect the "tragic loss'' of her son had had on her life.
Jye Conrad Perry, 3, was stabbed to death in a North Rockhampton home on December 26, 2002.
The boy's aunt, Natalia Eunice Perry, was charged with murder. Charges against Natalia Perry were dropped in December 2003 when it was determined she was of unsound mind at the time of the offence. The court heard Wilkinson had "lost it'' after the tragedy and had begun a sustained period of "inappropriate and irrational'' driving behaviour.
Ms Springer said Wilkinson had shown compete disregard for the legal system by continuing to drive after losing her licence.
Solicitor Paul Wonnocott said the offending ceased when she sold her car in 2004. Magistrate Springer said that was a "pleasing'' factor.
She disqualified Wilkinson from driving for four years and put her on 18 months' probation.